March's Featured Read

Cassandra sees death and devastation all around her. In vivid detail.

It’s the price of living with her OCD and extreme anxiety. In every situation, Cass imagines the worst possible fate for everyone in her life. Her dad in a pool of blood after a break-in. Her beloved older neighbor, homeless. A splinter in her finger turned to gangrene.

But this time, it’s not her imagination. The boy next door, Colin, is destined to die. Cass has foretold a real death before; she knows this is a true vision.

Desperate to save Colin's life, Cass immerses herself in a secret organization of soothsayers that promises to teach her how to change the future she foresees. But as she descends into their hidden world of divinatory magic and predictive technology, she discovers there's always a price to pay for unraveling fate's strands. And cheating death will cost her everything.

Why did I choose this author and this book to bring in the new year?

With the phenomenon that is SJM taking over the bookshelves, new adult fantasy is queen right now. While I enjoy many of the NA books recommended on the Bookstagram sphere, it seemed like all the YA books were falling into obscurity.

I wanted to read a good contemporary fantasy. I think I was a little burned out on epic fantasies and other worlds at the time. Foretold's premise offered high stakes, familiar tropes, and all the supernatural flair I love in YA. Even better was the OCD and anxiety representation, which isn't something I see featured all the time.

About the author:

Violet Lumani is an American author who holds a BA from Barnard College of Columbia University and an MBA from UCONN. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two kids, and a pair of bickering chihuahuas named Kiwi and Coconut. FORETOLD is her YA debut.

My thoughts after reading Foretold:

I read the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. The OCD and anxiety rep was one of the best highlights of this first book in the series.

Have you read Foretold? What are your thoughts?

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